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Chloe Lamford launches The Site at the Royal Court Theatre
New performance space announced for The Royal Court
The Royal Court Theatre have announced details of a temporary theatre space called The Site curated by Associate Designer Chloe Lamford which will host work by new writers EV Crowe, Stacey Gregg, Theresa Ikoko, Nathaniel Martello-White and Deborah Pearson this summer.
The Site is currently a workshop and rehearsal space rented from Transport for London and has been designed for both artists and audiences to rethink how we create, present, and watch plays. This series of works is an experiment, exploring performance through language, physicality and the power of the imagination, created by five playwrights in response to Chloe Lamford’s provocation.
Lights Out by Stacey Gregg (17 May 2017 – Friday 19 May 2017)
"In 2017 Gregg began to examine strategies used to bridge the gap between socio-economic backgrounds. The project takes place in the context of Lights-Out manufacturing, which refers to factories that are fully automated and require no human workers, thus no need for light."
It's All Made Up by Deborah Pearson (24 May 2017 – Friday 26 May 2017)
"Deborah Pearson isn't very comfortable writing fiction. To her, it feels like lying. As a result, she's made her career in theatre by telling real stories about her life or her performers' lives. Chloe has challenged Deborah not to do that. Deborah has been asked to write a made-up story that takes place in a real life place - The Site. Deborah will only start making up the story as soon as she first walks into the Site, always writing from and in The Site. She hopes that what ends up being performed is a string of pathological lies and made-up magic".
A new work by Nathaniel Martello-White (31 May 2017 – Friday 2 June 2017)
"A provocation. What happened. Did we see what we think we saw? What are the facts? Is a square really a square? Or a triangle posing as one? Or has our capacity to discern a square perished? Truth is in the eye of the beholder. So it's beauty, so is murder, or maybe it isn't. Did we just have that conversation? In this new unknown space, Nathaniel Martello-White explores the post-truth era where facts have become irrelevant and we are forced to question the ‘reality’ that surrounds us."
The Unknown by EV Crowe (Thursday 8 June 2017 – Saturday 10 June 2017)
"EV Crowe's real life dreams will be shared as a play and interpreted by an audience".
A new work by Theresa Ikoko (8 June 2017 – Saturday 10 June 2017)
"Welcome, the 107,683,902,202nd contestant will join us shortly. I will be your host. Life points are under your seat. Feel free to use them today. Or save them for your turn. Maybe soon..."
Tickets for all new productions at The Site are now on sale.